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Pope, on a Whim, Visits a Shantytown in Rome

Posted on the 09 February 2015 by Brutallyhonest @Ricksteroni

The fact that there are Catholics who continue to hate on this man I find to be stunning.

Via the Sydney Morning Herald:

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to a shantytown on Rome's outskirts on Sunday, stunning poor residents, many of them from his native South America.

The Pope was on his way to a parish in the working class Tiburtina area when he asked aides to make a PopeVisitsShantytowndetour to stop at the shantytown he had heard about.

"He got out of the car and people were shocked when they saw him in front of their shacks," said Father Aristide Sana, the pastor of the parish. Father Sana rushed to the shantytown near his parish when he was told about the Pope's visit at the last minute.

Television pictures showed the Pope surrounded by people Father Sana said were mostly from Peru and Ecuador. They rushed out of their shacks made of concrete, wood and corrugated metal.

"How many of you here speak Spanish?" he joked in Spanish.

"Todos! Todos!" (everybody, everybody)," they shouted.

Father Sana, whose parishioners bring food and clothing to the shantytown, said people from Russia, Eritrea, Ukraine and Poland also live in the community of some 150 people. Most of the men work as manual day labourers, he said.

God bless this Pope and his Christlike ways.  Here's relevant video.  

H/T to Deacon Greg.

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